(Middle) Commissioner for Energy, Engr. AbdulAzeez Kola AbdulGaniy, Director Personnel, Finance and Supply- Alh. Hassan Taiye Afodun, Ag. Director Electrical Engineering- Engr. Fisayo Dada, Principal Admin Officer- Mallam Usman Zubair, Assistant Chief Engineer NESREA- Engr. Zubair Abdulateef, (4th L) State Coordinator NESREA- Mrs. Aremu Zainab Arike, (3rd L)Controller of Finance and Account- Mr. Akeem Idris, (2nd L) Chief Scientific Officer- Mr. Audu Mayowa, Admin Officer- Sanni Falilat.)

The Commissioner for Energy, Engr. Abdulazeez Kola Abdulganiy has reiterated the State government's commitment to reposition the energy sector in the State by generating power for itself according to the Nigeria Electricity Act of 2023 in order to ensure an efficiently managed electricity generation, transmission and distribution that will adequately promote socio-economic growth in Kwara State.

Engr. Abdulganiy stated this while receiving the delegations of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), who paid a courtesy visit, in his office.

The Electricity Act signed into law by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the 9th of June 2023, gives the States the power to regulate their own electricity markets, grant licenses to private investors to build power plants, establish distribution networks, operate mini-grids and distribute power in order to create State Electricity Market (SEM) and to integrate renewable energy into the existing energy mix in the States.
While assuring the Agency of the Ministry's partnership, the Commissioner appealed to the delegation to work as a team with the Ministry in order to achieve the set goals.
The Director, Personnel, Finance and Supply, Alhaji Hassan Taiye Afodun, praised the team for the initiative and assured them of the State's partnership.

Earlier, the Kwara State Coordinator of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Mrs. Aremu Zainab Arike, also called for collaboration with the Ministry for proper regulation of the environmental law in the energy sector.
She said “the purpose of this regulation is to prevent pollution and encourage efficiency in operations of the energy sector in order to achieve sustainable economic development.”
The Coordinator added that “the regulation is also to carry out environmental assessment and to minimize environmental pollution."
The Chief Scientific Officer, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Mr. Audu Mayowa, further explained the Agency carry out inspection on any new project, to check if it is environmental friendly and to reduce global warming in the State.
Present at the meeting were the Controller of Finance and Account, Mr. Akeem Idris; Ag. Director, Electrical Engineering, Engr. Dada Fisayo; Assistant Chief Engineer, NESREA, Engr. Zubair Abdulateef, among others.

Rukayat Abdulhameed,
Press Secretary,
Ministry of Energy.


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